Justin Willingham

Host - All Things Considered

My mother introduced me to WKNO-FM and public radio long before I can remember. I suppose the first thing I really recall about WKNO-FM is that every afternoon, when my mother picked me up from school, the radio was tuned-in to The World, then All Things Considered, probably beginning around age 8. The way these reporters and hosts took you from the comfort of your mom's van to wherever in the world they were reporting from absolutely fascinated me. From then on, I was officially hooked.

I first volunteered for Sally Stover at age 15 (1998), working long shifts during the Action Auction and then as her unofficial summer intern. I would sneak back into radio and try to casually introduce myself to the on-air personalities (Kacky and Darel), hoping they'd say, “Hey! You've got just the voice we need for the radio!”

After returning to Memphis from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2006, I had the opportunity to work part-time as the Monday afternoon host on FM 88.9 and Saturday mornings on FM 91.1. Soon thereafter, I was asked to be the local host for All Things Considered and Marketplace every weekday. In 2008, I took over production duties and became the Assistant Operations Manager, editing shows such as The Memphis Symphony Radio Hour and engineering Friday Live Lunch. Since then, my job has included editing all of John Malmo's commentaries, Memphis Moments with Steve Pike, and being the producer of our newest radio program, Counterpoint, with Jonathan Judaken.

WKNO-FM is my constant source for news and information. My dog, Ethel, also enjoys listening every afternoon to All Things Considered, while I'm away at work. With the creation of our HD-2 and HD-3 streams, I am constantly connected to the news that matters, no matter where I am or what I am doing. I am very grateful and lucky to get to work at a job that constantly feeds my mind with informative conversations, interviews, music, and entertainment. I am proud to be a tiny part of WKNO-FM Memphis.

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COUNTERPOINT
7:07 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Robert Darnton On The Digitization Of Books And The Future Of Libraries And Publishing

Robert Darnton
Credit Justin Ide / Harvard University News Office

“Jefferson and Franklin—the champion of the Library of Congress and the printer turned philosopher-statesmen—shared a profound belief that the health of the Republic depended on the free flow of ideas…Thanks to the Internet and a pervasive if imperfect system of education, we now can realize the dream of Jefferson and Franklin.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
5:15 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Radio Roundtable: A New Road Through Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms Park
Eric Smith Memphis Daily News

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Laura Adams, Executive Director of the Shelby Farms Conservancy; Dennis Lynch, from the Sierra Club; and Ritchie Smith, from the Shelby Farms Advisory team, join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the

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COUNTERPOINT
6:39 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Author Leora Batnitzky On The Origins Of Judaism

Credit Leora Batnitzky

From her first book about the Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, Leora Batnitzky has been heralded as a rising star in contemporary Jewish thought and the philosophy of religion.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
5:49 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Radio Roundtable: A Looming Fiscal Crisis In Memphis

Eric Barnes, Host of Behind the Headlines
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, a report shows a looming financial crisis for the City of Memphis, and what changes to pension plans might help solve the city's fiscal woes.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
3:14 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Elections, Tigers Football, And The County Commission

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes, Publisher of the Memphis Daily News
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the Shelby County Commission has one of their most contentious meetings ever, the Memphis Tigers football team tries to win hearts and minds, and there are 11 elections to be held before Thanksgiving.

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